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  MSNBC    Martin Bashir    News/Business. Journal Martin Bashir uncovers some  
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clear that no u.s. boots will be on the ground in libya but how long air strikes by u.s. pilots will continue is on everyone's mind right now. those strikes, which include six more tomahawk missile strike have led to a rapid sweep of forces east to west. in the past 49 hours, rebels from taken key towns and striking at sirte, as we speak, the hometown of moammar gadhafi. nbc's chuck todd live at white house here. some of the president's critic says he should have given the speech that we're expecting tonight before the strikes began. >> reporter: well, look, there was even some debate among some supporters of the president on that very notion. but that's -- that's not going to happen. you can't turn back the clock. so the decision was made. they would wait until there was -- they were done with the u.s. portion of this. and so, it's not a mere coincidence that when the handover to nato to run this
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no-fly zone is taking place, that the president is going to use the occasion to both make the case for why he made this decision, number one, and number two, it's going to be valedictoryverted crisis, justifying why it was a success, you're going hear that word tonight from what i understand. >> any idea if the speech was planned or is this a response just to criticism to date? >> reporter: no, they say that they always planned to update the american people on this at some point. >> right. >> reporter: that it wasn't going to be -- you know, they they bristled at the motion they're responding to the beltway chattering class on this or congressional criticism and just say that that's -- let the punditry lie where it is. they also believe this isn't as much of a political impact as others are claiming it is.
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they don't view it that way. >> got it. >> talking about punditry, unless the u.s. military ends the involvement in the conflict, some u.s. citizens are listening and watching this. will it make any difference what the president says to them? >> reporter: actually, this is where this speech is more necessary, i think, than maybe they realized ten days ago. you look at some of the poll numbers, they read the poll numbers on this and there seems to be confusion with the american public. so only sort of tepid support for this. you know, universal agreement that gadhafi's a bad guy but making the connection to the u.s. national interests, and that's where -- that's where -- who the president is trying to talk to tonight because, remember, the white house will make the case that this is very similar to what the united states did in bosnia and the situation in kosovo back in the '90s, but there's a big difference. in the '90s the economy was going well and there hadn't been two wars that the u.s. was fighting simultaneously at the
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same time. that's where we're at now. when you're in that where we are, in this predicament on the economy, you've got a public that wants to look inward. the last thing they want is another foreign intervention when the economy is so lukewarm as it is now. >> adding to that not only the budget concerns, the economic significance of being involved, the no-fly zone, the question that's been out there of why are we looking at libya because there's questions about civilians needing protection in syria and other areas when we talk about the arab world. >> reporter: we've got a briefing with dennis mcdonough, security adviser, and all of us repeatedly asked questions about syria versus libya and it seemed to me the point of the briefing was to make the case libya was not serving as a precedent, egypt, because of the threats gadhafi made again his own
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people made it a unique situation and that's in why you've got this international outcry. and what's not clear, and where the administration refuses to go in the hypothetical mode, but if you had the same international coalition, arab league, plus the united nations come out in favor of something in syria, then would the united states intervene? they don't entertain that type of hypothetical, but it's clear that the blueprint is in place on how the united states would get involved, see libya. we're a long way there from syria. >> the decision making debated for the last part of -- better part of two weeks. chuck todd at the white house, thank you so much. more from libya with itn's damon green. >> reporter: the rebels are on the move. question is, how far they'll get. the road from their strongholds in the east of libya to current gadhafi's in the west has been the battlefield, and the damage done by coalition air strikes has cleared the way for a swift
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advance. cars and trucks moving at speed, but reports have taken gadhafi's hometown of sirte aren't confirmed. the key refineries of ras lanuf and brega are out of government hands though it's not clear who will suffer most from sudden fuel shortages. this is a conflict where the ability to cover large distances will be crucial. so the queues for petrol are hurting the rebels to keep moving and security towns like misrata where loyalist snipers active. >> from children to women to passbiers, rebels, anyone who moves will be a legitimate target. >> reporter: libyan state television reported a coalition air strike on the town of sabha, south of tripoli, showing pictures of citizens it says were wounded in the attack.
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nato insists that air strikes are being kept within the u.n. resolution to protect civilians, nothing more, nothing less. but this is a war and war brings death. brega rebels bury a body left behind by the fighting and no one can say for sure how many more deaths there will be. colonel gadhafi hasn't been seen in public for almost a week but state tv showed pictures from within his compound in the capital. much of eastern libya the rebels control, he's still there. and they are still here. damon green, itv news. >> damon green watching that crisis there, as libyans have to wait for gasoline in their own country that produces so much. we want to update you on the fate of the young woman dragged away by authorities in tripoli over the wind. the 26-year-old told members of the press that she had been the victim of rape and torture at the hands of 15 militia men loyal to moammar gadhafi. she told her story, she was whisked away, and a fight broke out between the press corps and
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pistol-wielding libyan security personnel. the government of women tried to say the woman was a prostitute. that claim was quickly dismissed. she's actually a lawyer, it turns out, in this case. and at least four men are now under investigation, based on her claims. and now the woman's mother has weighed in as well, hailing her daughter as a hero and charging the libyans offered her daughter a house and money if she changed her story. we will update yousell his plan action in libya? what does he need to say? what does his most vocal critics want to hear? michael hanlon a senior fellow at the brookings institution. thanks for joining us this day. >> my pleasure. >> what can he say tonight, and what should he say, you think? >> there are a couple of things. i think that are important for the president to say and one thing he can't say, i'll start
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with that, he can't fully reconcile the fact that we want gadhafi to go and yet we aren't claiming that the military operation is designed to unseat him. there's apparent tension, not a contricks, but tension in the two aspects of u.s. policy. i think it's inevitable given where we stand in the operation. i don't think the president can put that to rest. what he can do, first of all, point out that given the three main choices that he had, doing nothing, invading or using limited force, limited force the best option and it has had some at least initial successes in making sure the rebels and their populations were not overrun. and he's got to explain, you know, a little bit about his decision making calculus, why the arab league approval was important why he went to the u.n., but how the u.s. is still doing enough to make sure the mission is solid and successful. all of those things. but he has to begin to sketch out where we go next, because even though the first ten days have been pretty good, there's no telling where this is headed and that's the hardest part of the speech.
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>> on the subject this weekend, secretary of defense gates and secretary of state hillary clinton both on nbc's "meet the press" sunday. listen to what they said when asked of libya's a vital interest to the united states. >> secretary gates, is libya in our vital interest as a country? >> no, i don't think it's vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interest there, and it's a part of the region, which is of vital interest for the u.s. >> i think lot 0 people would say that's quite striking, not of vital interest but committing resources. >> did libya attack us? no, they did not attack us. >> michael, what do you make of that? >> well, this is a serious debate and they're both right, but unfortunately we're involved. because you're involved in a place that's less than vital, and i would agree with them on its own terms at least libya's less than vital -- if you're involved militarily it doesn't mean you can settle for a
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mediocre outcome. i'm one of the people who have written we could imagine a cease-fire that pushed gadhafi out over time, diplomatically and economically but that idea is -- now that we're in, most people expect by overthrowing gadhafi or making sure the operation does no in one way or another. in other words you don't get yourself a lot of maneuver room by saying an interest is something less than vital. once we're involved the standards for success become pretty high, regardless. >> what do you believe the standards for success are? >> primarily, protecting the population, which we're in the process of doing but we have to keep it up, helping rebels hold on to the parts of couldn't tri where they already control things. again, we're on the rigtrack bu it's not a done deal. third part, make sure gadhafi is marginalized and ultimately ousted. i don't think he has to be gone tomorrow or next week. i think we can even live with a
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cease-fire that ushers him out over a period of a year. what i'm saying is seen as her rhettic cal by some people. a lot scholars and strategists saying he must go, and that is an essential requirement of the mission. i'm not fully on board, but i would acknowledge, to make sure you marginalize him, that's a hard task, unless you can see him gone. so this is where the administration's going to have to difficulty with the exit strategy. i simpympathize with him but it not going to make the speech easy to give. >> what does this mean for the region? >> i think a lot of things still are important in the region. and you mentioned syria or mr. todd mentioned syria earlier in his report about dennis mcdonough's brief and bahrain and yemen are important. you have four countries that are sort of crucial now. libya by itselves a small country in terms of population, its cultural -- >> should the united states become involved here? >> well, we are involve in all of them. the question is what kind of
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involvement? i think in regard to yemeyemen, example, it's time to push hard, not militarily, but diplomatic for president saleh to go. i think he's lost his moral and political authority. and there's a place remains to give an american push. president obama has it right to do this from behind the scenes where possible, because this whole set of developments will be more effective if it's seen by arabs as being something they produce themselves. >> good conversation. michael o'hanlon, thank you so much. stay with msnbc all day leading up to the president's speech which will carry live right here at 7:30 eastern time. tuesday, brian williams will haven't interview with president obama on nbc "nightly news." kill team outrageous new pictures surface of u.s. soldiers in afghanistan posing with dead bodies. comparisons to the scandal in abu ghraib. rain i massachusetts shows signs of radiation from the
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gruesome photos, many tooographic to show here. u.s. soldiers shown posing with dead afghans published in "rolling stone" magazine, work of an alleged kill team that reported murdered and mutilated unarmed civilians. the story recounts one incident, killing of a young boy. quote, grabbing the boy's head by the hair, as if it were a trophy deer, gibbs started messing ash with the kid, moving his arms and mouth and acting like the kid was talking. then using a pair of razor sharp medics sheers he reportedly slices off the dead boy's pinky
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finger and gave it to holmes as killing his first afghan, enquote. joining me, jim miklaszewski. you just got us this statement that was just released from the army. i want to share it with viewers here. the photos publics by "rolling stone" and disturbing and instriking contrast to the standards and values of the united states army. the army apologize for the distress these latest photos caused. what do you think it now means for the command structure, for the pentagon going forward? >> reporter: well, u.s. military officials tell us that the investigation, while it's complete, has not run its full course and that part of the investigation into not only these photos, but more degree eveni egregiously important, the murder of afghan civilians, one last week on a plea bargain had been convicted of three counts of murder of innocence afghan civilians, and sentenced to 24
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years in prison. but as part of that investigation, the u.s. army is looking into the chain of command. if this had gone on for some time, and as we understand it it may have been a period of four, fiv five-month period of time what did the command, the superiors to the soldiers, what did they know, when did they know it? if they did know it, what did they do or why didn't they move to stop it, richard. >> the soldiers as well as commanders, the question might be what sort of penalties might they see, given what we already understand the 24 years that you were saying was sent tensd oence of the corporals there. >> reporter: the corporal, jeremy, facing life imprisonment and bargained it down to 24 years. in exchange he will testify not only against the other accused but perhaps those around him who may have known about it and didn't bring it to light in
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terms of the senior commanders. what's important, to recognize here, however, is that all of these photos were, in fact, gathers up by army investigators in the course of their investigation into these accusations. and that we're hearing not only from senior military officials in afghanistan, but afghan officials themselves who, because the army has taken this aggressive action to prosecute those involved, that there appears to have been no adverse reaction, no backlash yet against u.s. forces, and quite frankly, they don't expect it. >> mik, thank you so much. let's bring in msnbc military analyst, jack jacobs. your reaction as you see all of the data coming out? we just got the statement coming from the army as well. >> think back about the war in vietnam. someone asked me whether this is like abu ghraib. they were focusing on the
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photos. we're visual creatures so we think about visual things. this is not like abu ghraib. nobody was murdered there. it remains me more of uncontrolled soldiers not being supervised. >> you bring up a lot of issues in that one statement. this is not unique, is one of the statements you're making. how far back are we seeing these sorts of incidents? does this go back to world wars? >> sure. it's happened every time there's been a war, when people don't, like i said, supervise properly, troupes are not well controlled. certainly it doesn't happen often but it's not unique. but it's wholly a function of being in a good unit where you have good standards and the leaders spend a lot of time with their soldiers. you want stuff like this to happen it can happen if you don't spend any time with your troops. >> the chain of command, it's up to the commander, you were telling me earlier, to make sure his or her soldiers are undertaking proper procedures. >> commanders are responsible
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for that happen or fails to happen in the unit. in units like this we have a small number of troops, commanded by a sergeant, who reports to a lieutenant, who reports to a captain, so on, up the line. there are -- >> a person to report to. >> it's one of the principals of war, unity of command. only work for one person. and you should only report to one person. but it means that, the chain of co ts isue,ll pangteiotoat on in their own unit, very easy to fix. by the way, very easy to prevent in the first place. >> you were just recently in vietn vietnam, probably brings back a lot of your memories when you served. what are some of the conditions that they have to deal with that may help us understand the extremes that exist? >> there are extreme but was you train for them. in the middle of combat you are scared out of your pants and
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your field vision narrows and all of the rest. i've got to say, i've never been in a situation -- and i've been in tough come bat where i had a difficult time distinguishing between right thing to do and the wrong thing to do, and i can't say anybody else has either. it f. these guys did the wrong thing they did it knowing it was the wrong thing at the time. no amount of talking about combat how tough it is -- and combat's very tough diagnosis will excuse that behavior. >> or justify that, certainly. thank you, colonel jane cobs. new fears of the spread of radiation in japan. what it may mean. last year. (oof). i had a bum knee that needed surgery. but it got complicated, because i had an old injury. so i wanted a doctor who had done this before. and unitedhealthcare's database helped me find a surgeon. you know you can't have great legs, if you don't have good knees. we're 78,000 people
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she may or may not be a secret agent now. in an interview with the bbc, she will never deny or confirm her spy status. last year she and nine other russian as rested for espionage, and returned to russia. she has since taken a position in the country's ruling politic
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the party. president obama is weighing in on the debate over standardized testing in school, saying it should not be the only way of measuring student achievement. the president says there's a danger in teachers are just instruct students in test taking skills instead of teaching material in a way that is useful to kids. a town hall in a washington, d.c., high school the president also acknowledged that struggle for teachers to keeping education interesting for students. today, a funeral mass has been set for glass ceiling breaker, geraldine ferraro, thursdays held thursday morning in new york city. ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. she died saturday after a long battle with cancer. ferraro was 75. progm note for you, tomorrow on "andrea mitchell reports," exclusive interview with james and sarah brady, almost 30 years to the day james brady was shot by an assassin's bullet meant for president reagan. radiation levels rise in japan. a factor of 100,000.
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showing cars being pushed along like toys and an entire town washed away by this inundation and a new 6. 5 aftershock as well this morning in japan. that sent surveillance cameras trembling and triggering fresh tsunami warning. frightening to so many there in that country right now. more radiation fears as well. the stricken fukushima reactor, new pools of raid ydioactive wa leaking and finding traces of plutonium outside. let's go like 0-to-charles hadlock live in the region. we were watching post banda aceh, the numbers were growing, those missesing and deaths and we're watching the same thing in japan. how are the families coping with this in that country? >> reporter: well, of course, it's a major tragedy, even
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without the nuclear crisis going on. 240,000 people in shelters. the dead number 10,000, the missing 16,000. potential 26,000, 27,000 people could be the final death toll in this disaster in japan. today it's been revealed there's more problems at the crippled fukushima power plan 140 miles north of tokyo. highly contaminated water is on the verge of leaking into the sea and that is causing a major concern. they want to stop that, if they can. they believe it's coming from reactor number two, just where in the reactor they're just not certain, because it could be coming from the containment vessel itself or somewhere else in the cooling system. the problem is, getting to it. it's -- they have radioactive water all around them and worker standing there for 15 minutes could be exposed to a year's worth of radiation. they're having to do this in shifts of 10 to 15 minutes at a time, workers examining the
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problem and trying to control the situation. it's not just reactor number two. reactor number one and three are also leaking water, but water there is not as highly contaminated. >> charles, roux reactor number three the big concern we were watching over the last three day, if not longer, now reactor two one of the hot spots as they look at fukushima. how big is the threat of contamination that charles is talking about? radioactive water seeping into the ocean around the crippled fukushima plant. now joining me from washington, d.c., tom cremmins. thanks for joining us. ed words partial meltdown, those are being used. we did not hear that before. it sounds severe, but help us understand that. put that in context. >> good afternoon. the term meltdown is one that was made famous in hollywood, not in the nuclear business. >> okay. >> it was -- came out of the movie in 1979 called "the china
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syndrome." meltdown would indicate that the core is physically melting, like molten metal you might see in a movie of iron being poured into an inget. what we have, temperatures between 2,000 and 3,000 fahrenheit. it takes more than 3,000, maybe up to 4500 degrees fahrenheit to melt the fuel. what we have really if you can envision a pile of pebbles in the reactor, that kind of fuel damage occurs much, much earlier. there may be local melting in the core. as long as water is in the core and there's water in all three of -- units one, two, three, which do have fuel damage, there's water in all of those, that fuel melting possibility is extremely, extremely low. >> help me, tom, weight the language that we're hearingom o words have been weighted a
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little lit lightly, based on the fact things were much worse than what they were saying. >> as we all know, it's hard to characterize things going on in this extreme condition without -- it's difficult to be precise. but i think the current situation with the very heavily radioactive water in the units out in puddles, in rooms and apparently in all three units, one, two, and three, is a serious -- i think it's being properly identified and characterized. those dose rates that are impeding the operators are extremely high. and as charles said, 15 minutes worth of work could get them a full annual g'v 100,000 times higher than normal. concerns not only about the people that are working on it, there's a seawater that they're look at it from a mile from the complex where they found that. what does this mean for sea life
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there? >> i understand the contamination is fairly localized out perhaps maybe 300 yards from the plant, it's not floating out into the ocean -- >> not a mile, is what you're saying? >> no. i have not seen any numbers that are worse than 300 yards. but it's important, because it will be flushed out into the ocean. it will be diluted into the ocean. the levels -- even levels there now that have been identified and in fact, there was a report today that they were less than they've been over the last couple of days, are significant enough and they have the proper radio activity in them, if you will, that we know it's coming from the plant and it's coming probably through some drain system. they're investigate that. they found some drain systems contaminated and trying to seal those off. >> tom, as we look at the drainage systems, we're seeing a lot of the leakage. talking about the effect on the sea life. a major input to the food supply in japan but also that ripple effect for the world's food
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supply, if japan needs more that takes from somewhere else. today, that there are some radioactivity measurements, most likely -- as a matter of fact, absolutely coming from japan. these levels are very, very low. if you're old enough you remember in the '50s and '60s all are concerned about fallout from nuclear weapons testing. and this is the same nature and we have plenty of experience of what low levels of radiation floating around the atmosphere mean to the food supply. in the case of the fish, they have halted the export of fish from japan for the time being. but even the levels that we have seen, though fish do take up water and concentrate some of that radio activity, the levels are still extremely low, and that's the case with the vegetables and the water as well. they have work to do to clean those up so they can make those
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available again to the public. but that will attack a considerable amount of time. the focus needs to be on keeping the reactors cool. >> tom crimmins, thank you so much. thank you for your time this afternoon. >> certainly welcome. why doctors want to know how many friends your kids are v. on facebook. hi, dad. we need to talk. [ male announcer ] this intervention brought to you by niaspan.
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as the saying grow goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. with the help of facebook, it's become easier to check out the fun and interesting lives of friends and neighbors. but can peering into other people's daily routine cause ev teenagers to experience inas coin si and depression. a new study by the american academy of pediatrics says yes. here, dr. janet taylor.
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what are the symptoms of this dynamic they're talking about? >> major depression is a medical illness and brain illness you have two weeks of feeling helpless, hopeless, lot of weight, worst case feel sue sidle, eat too much, too little. what the study was looking at was the association between children and adolescents who spend too much time on facebook and depressive symptoms. >> you were differegiving sympt depression. >> not causing. we need to recognize if teenagers are spending too much time online we need to talk about the quality of those relationships. are they online and feel worse, you know, or is it a relationship that's beneficial to them? >> or what other issues might be related to them feeling that depression. i want to go back to the aap's result. more than half of adolescents use social networking sites and also say here three and four have cell phones, text and clune
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indicate that way. is it impossible to stop this use, that may cause or may be associated with depression. >> i think it's balance. technology's here to stay. you don't need to be on your laptop too communicate but you want to teach your child and teenager about the need for face to face time, need for exercise and healthy relationships. and that's what it's all about. >> i don't want to be a downer on facebook, a lot of folks use it, obviously. brings to mind the thesis i wrote, on effective ties and the onset of the use of e-mail in the late '80s. the ability to reach out to people you won't be able to otherwise is positive. so facebook allows you to do that. >> it does. with the effective ties you want people who have the same values and beliefs. if you are tied to people who make you feel bad because you're excluded from something or konts stants constantly saying something you did and didn't do, is that an effective tie. teens, their self-esteem is
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always at risk. constantly comparing themselves to others. the lesson as parents, as health care providers to examine the quality of online relationships and realize they can be just as crucial in a positive way or negative way as online relationships. >> which feeds into as we have become more used to understanding online area or dynamic in the last couple of decades you have to make choices. it's all there but you have to make choices and you're saying that the same when you talk about relationships through facebook. >> absolutely. it's all about balance. balance, face to face time with online time. try to participate in activities that make you feel better and your life more pleasurable as you know you're constantly going to the well but not making you have a positive outcome, you have to find a way to cut that tie. could hooligans disrupt the royal plans? mass protest is real. [ male announcer ] this is lara.
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i'm man amanda drury. we have lost quite a bit of steam. the dow flat. slight losses for the s&p and nasdaq been consumer spending rose in february, jumping .7%. unfortunately for consumers much of the increase was to pay for more expensive gasoline. those consumers who use credit or debit cards could soon have to buy more or pay with cash with changing federal consumer protection laws. a $10 minimum limit to use charge cards in stores. that's it for cnbc. >> it is time to go to the palace with fresh fears of that protesters could be planning to crash the royal wedding. this weekend the peaceful government protest turned
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violent when a faction of anarchists broke out throwing flares and paint bombs. remember this past january charles and camilla found themselves in a middle of the melee as temperatures rose over tuition fees there. good day to see you. >> hi, richard. how are you? >> let's talk about security. that is an important component, >> what an embarrass mpts, as you saw in the recent pictures of the weekend are. everybody here, particularly london, caught up in it, thinks that the government should do something more because obviously what we're hosting is the biggest event of many years, possibly of the decade. maybe of the century, who knows? and i do kind of think a lot of people here think prime minister david cameron should address this problem. is it very going to be tricky, whichever way you look at it for the simple reason that the royal
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family, to protect them as we saw last december, with charles and camilla, it's not all sealed off as people think. it's going to be a very tough time, securitywise. >> no doubt, the route. this time they're inside a car as opposed to a horse drawn carriage.different. and they're spending some $33 million on security. so the question is, is that enough? >> well, richard, again, that's caused controversy over here. the bottom line was this was supposed to be a royal wedding in suture with people who are struggling financially. we have all these millions of pounds being spent on security. is it enough? who knows? we'll know on the big day. the police commissioner here of scotland yard announced today that they're looking at everything from terrorists upwards. i think you're going to see more breakingbo - you meerheth nocehe engentndbo00 ppl fr a walks of life -- i
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think you're going to find security is going to be a lot tighter on them and the sort of people they decide to now invite. >> so much happening in preparation for the royal wedding. neil, thank you for that. for all things royal, msnbc news is out with a really cool new app for you. you can see pictures of which crown kate may wear. and, in fact, we've got it right here. i'll show you the app itself if you have an ipad. one is jewels. under the jewels section, you go back in history if you want and see what some of the jewels have been worn as far back as 1928. going back 80 years. also if you do like jewels -- and i think many people out there do -- here's one of the tiaras. the grand duchess vladimir tiara. if you don't like that color,
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you can change it to the pearls. here is the queen mother who wore this at another wedding. she changed it out to pearls. some of the functionality right here on the royal wedding app. if you've got an ipad, you can take a look at that. it is free, by the way and available to download today at the app store if you're interested. when we come back, the clock is ticking. the president to address the nation on the u.s. military action in libya. we'll ask one of the leading voices in congress what he needs to say to succeed here. that are good for you. new v8 v-fusion + tea. one combined serving of vegetables and fruit with the goodness of green tea and powerful antioxidants. refreshingly good.
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we are just 3 1/2 hours from president obama's speech to the nation about the conflict in libya and the role of the u.s. military moving forward. will the president be able to clearly define the mission? will he offer an exit date and will he be able to calm his critics on both sides of the aisle? we have a congresswoman joining us today. thank you for being with us. >> pleasure to be with you. >> are you satisfied with the
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way the president has hand it would communication of his reasoning for being in libya so far? >> well, i believe as a congressperson you'll probably see it across the board, whether it's a republican or a democrat, that we -- no, he didn't handle the communication of what was going on that well with the congress. and for that reason, he's been highly criticized. some have even said he overstepped his constitutional boundaries. having said that, the time line was tight but i do believe there could have been a way in checked have handled it a little bit better with the congress. >> 3 1/2 hours until that address. do you expect him to make the reasoning that will clarify to u.s. citizens whether or not we should be in libya and he will say we should be -- as well as some of the questions that are out there regarding, is this a war? >> well, certainly this stresses the nation. we has a problem with the congress, which he has to address. we're going to be looking at how
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he addresses the american people sympathy of the american people of where i believe they are, which is that we never like to see people shot and killed by their own government. so that's the first place. but secondly to say, this is the reason we went in. then to talk a little bit about the lead-up to that, the fact that the arab nations asked -- the african nations asked us to be there, the eu went in and said we needed to do this. we went to the u.n., there was a resolution and that time at that point was critical in which to go in and do the no-fly zone. but more importantly, how long will we be there? who's really running the show and how do we get out? those are important issues for him to address in this speech. >> secretary clinton started by saying -- this is at the beginning of the no-fly zone and the implementation of that -- that this is to protect the civilians there in libya. if that's the case, as the key
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criterion here, what about the congresso, the sudan, as well as syria? >> absolutely. i think that's why he has to delineate, why did we go in here? gadhafi's been a bad player. and i think that the sympathies are against him by all nations and almost all people in the world. and i believe that's one of the reasons that this happened. but more importantly, that actually the african nation, the eu, the u.n., that it all lined up even, quite frankly, before the united states decided that they would be into this. so that's one of the reasons why we pushed into libya versus, say, going into the sudan. >> congresswoman, doesn't it make serngs though, for the am hheadaten had he actuallyanso icly himself as opposed to to secretary of state clinton, wouldn't that have brought too much attention to the objective as well as the role that the united states wanted to take, which was not a lead role initially?
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>> personally, i think that he would have been much better off had he stayed in washington, d.c. and had he addressed the congress. if he had told the leaders of the congress, look, the events are moving very quickly, i need to stay here and i need to have the congress behind me with this. and i would have send my emissaries to the hill. he didn't. he went on to latin america. remember the hemisphere, the countries below us, the south american and central american countries have felt like the united states has paid no attention. so in some sense, i think he believed that this would have been a slap to the latin american countries and the central american countries that he was visiting. >> and he had said that there are hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake and that's why he had made that trip. congresswoman sanchez, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> stay with msnbc all day leading up to the